Children’s Mental Health Week 🧠

Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. Just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Mind (2021)

We all have good days and bad days, and mental health is very much a spectrum of feeling.

Good mental health is when we are feeling positive and calm as well as feeling confident in what we do.

Bad mental health is very much a feeling of being out of control, overwhelmed and unable to cope with your feelings, this is often reflected in your actions.

“Mental health is on a spectrum – we can be ill and struggling and well and functioning. It constantly changes which can be exhausting, but it’s also a reminder that things will change for the better again.”

Mind (2021)

There are lots of different ways to help promote and nuture a good mental state in children, which will then form a good basis later in life.

Of course trauma, events, things out of our control etc can influence our mental health at any point, but being able to deal with this and recognise it in yourself is so important – especially in children and young people.

Get talking…

Here are some great books that are a good talking point for mental health and wellbeing discussions with children.

‘Confidence is my superpower’ by Alicia Ortego
‘Lucy’s blue day’ by Chris Poke
‘Monty the Manatee’ by Natalie Pritchard and Natalie Merheb.
‘Kindness is my superpower’ by Alicia Ortego.
‘Whs’s going on inside my head’ by Molly Potter
‘How are you feeling today’ by Molly Potter.

These are great for children to read/look at themselves, as part of a storytime, to aid/prompt classroom discussions or as part of an activity/activity tray (See below my tuff tray)

Useful links:

There is alway’s help out there.

Don’t suffer in silence.

Everyone is different.

Your feelings are valid.

Until Next Time,

Roseanne 🙂

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